The COVID-19 Vaccine – Myths and Facts Q&A with Medical Professionals and Community Leaders

Join us for a Zoom Lunch and Learn hosted by the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA)

Medical professionals and community leaders offer their expertise and insight into the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as overcoming access issues and cultural skepticism. Join us for a panel discussion addressing some common questions, concerns and myths that have emerged about COVID-19 vaccines.

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Panel moderated by Olivia Rogers, RN, BSN, CHPN, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Visiting Nurse Association of Texas

Panel Members:

Joseph Chang, MD, MBA, FACOG, Chief Medical Officer for Outpatient and Ambulatory Services at Parkland Hospital and Gynecology faculty at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Chang earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine including completing his OB/GYN residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital, and his Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University. He is board certified, is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of The American Association of Physician Leaders.

Dr. Chang is currently the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Parkland Health and Hospital System, a large safety net health system that serves Dallas County with over 1 million outpatient encounters per year. He is responsible for the oversight of all hospital and ambulatory clinical care operations. He is also responsible for all medical staff office functions including credentialing, privileging, and peer review, and the oversight of Graduate Medical Education. Previously, Dr. Chang spent 6 years as Parkland Health and Hospital System’s Associate Chief Medical Officer for Population Health and on the Volunteer Faculty for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Faculty for the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology. Both English and Mandarin Chinese are his native languages, and he is also fluent in Spanish. In spite of all of this, Dr. Chang cites his main work as being a husband and father, spending time with his extraordinary wife and twin daughters.

Kristina Hernandez, DO, Associate Medical Director, Visiting Nurse Association of Texas

Kristina Hernandez, DO attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences where she met her soon to be husband, Dr. Miguel Hernandez. They decided the crazy ice and snowstorms were too much for them after studying by candlelight when the electricity went off, so high-tailed it to the dessert in Arizona for residency, where they both became Chief residents. Family brought them to Dallas to practice medicine and they couldn’t be happier to call Texas home and raise their 3 wonderful children and 2 dogs. They continue to practice together in the post-acute care world, caring for patients that are coming out of the hospital.  Dr Kristina Hernandez still enjoys filling shifts at Baylor hospital. In her spare time (if there’s ever a rare moment), she attempts to master a new skill such as painting, installing laminate floors, and hanging lights.

Benaye Wadkins Rogers, CEO and President, Crossroads Community Services

Benaye is an experienced executive with 20 years of extensive experience in the non-profit sector. She served 10-years as the Director of Development then Executive Director/President of CONTACT Crisis Line. Rogers then transitioned to the role of Chief Philanthropy Officer and Director of the We Believe Campaign for St. Philip’s School and Community Center. After achieving $43 million of $50 million goal in five-years of a six-year campaign she has accepted the position as President and CEO of Crossroads Community Services.

During her leadership and fund development tenure she has been a recognized leader with strong strategic planning expertise used to consistently and creatively meet or exceed desired outcomes and goals. Her strong interpersonal talents are skillfully used to build lasting relationships in the community.

Ms. Rogers is a profound and passionate public speaker with expertise in addressing audiences at all level of business management, community involvement or governmental leadership. As the former co-host of a radio show, CONTACT Conversation of Hope, she interviewed leaders of hospitals, city officials and corporate executives. She has been sought after to lead panel discussions and speak on topics of mental health, poverty support and prevention and fundraising in Dallas and around the state.

Rogers has a BS in Criminal Justice from Texas State University and an MBA in Non-Profit Management from University of Dallas. She is the mother of a very precocious nine-year old son.

Marcus Zavala, Pharm.D., BCSCP, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Perrone Pharmacy

Marcus joined PerroneRX in August of 2017. He is a Fort Worth native, receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of New England. As Chief Pharmacy Officer, he oversees client relations, clinical services and Pharmacy operations. His experience prior to joining PerroneRX was in hospital settings. He currently conducts psychiatric drug research and has co-authored articles and book chapters on prescription drug abuse, policy and prevention. Marcus is certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties as a Board-Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist (BCSCP).